Case Study: First Appin Scouts use Community Litter Grant Funds to Engage Local Youth

The First Appin Scouts were one of the recipients in our first year of running the Community Litter Grants, in 2014. They used the funds to not only clean up and prevent litter, but also to bring the community together, fostering a sense of ownership of their local park and neighbourhood. The grant was used to:

  • Clean up the local parkland
  • Install new bins
  • Implement Scout-branded cigarette butt bins
  • Engage local youth in clean-up and maintenance projects
  • Create a new garden area and restore the park with native vegetation
  • Contract KNSWB’s EnviroMentors to educate local students
  • Start the ‘VATT Van’ (Volunteer and Trainee Tradies Van)- to upskill and engage young people in outdoors and construction projects

The local council also matched the grant dollar for dollar in support of the project.

Kim Chapman, First Appin Scout Leader, says that the initiatives helped bring the community together and create opportunities for youth in the area.

Watch this video to hear see their story.

The Community Litter Grants program is one of KNSWB’s initiatives to prevent and reduce litter with locally-specific solutions, through the local communities who know their place best. If you are interested in applying, read more on the Community Litter Grants homepage, or contact communitylittergrants@knswb.org.au.

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